Our affordable dental implants
Are you hoping to restore your smile to its former glory?
Dental implants are currently the closest possible way to having your original natural teeth back and are a popular choice for both single tooth replacement and specifically front tooth replacement options. Highly effective, they provide one of the best missing tooth replacement options.
As a result of filling the gaps caused by missing teeth, dental implants can help to plump cheeks giving a more youthful appearance and additionally help to maintain bone levels preventing further tooth loss.
They are implanted under local anesthetic and will need to be left for three to six months following placement to allow the bone to grow and stabilise around the screw before they can be restored. This could be with a crown, a bridge or denture depending on the number of missing teeth. They are long-lasting, usually remaining in situ for a good ten years and as such are a cost-effective treatment option when compared to other restorations that need regular replacements.
The benefits of dental implants
- Improved confidence and self-esteem as you are able to smile again
- Can help you to look and feel younger
- Enable you to eat a varied and full diet without fear
Introducing our guest Implantologist
Dr Vishal Patel
Dr Vishal Patel graduated with BSc honours in Biochemistry from Kings College London in 2009, after which he went on to become a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2013 accredited by The University of Liverpool.
Dr Patel has a wealth of experience as a General Dental Practitioner and has honed his skills to extremely high levels enabling him to provide a wide variety of cosmetic treatments, helping him to fulfill a personal goal in providing all of his patients with confidence in their smiles.
Dr Patel is passionate about the profession and constantly strives to push himself at the forefront of modern-day dentistry by keeping up-to date with the latest innovations and continually investing in personal development by regularly attending courses to further his clinical skills. His patients can therefore feel confident that under his care they will receive the finest quality and best possible treatment.
He has a real passion for learning with a special interest in dental implant treatment which has seen him travel internationally to develop his skills and has been accredited with his third academic degree, a Masters degree in Dental Implantology at the University of Bristol. This training provides Dr Patel with advanced skills and evidence-based knowledge that enables him to carry out treatments such as simple-moderate-advanced implant surgeries requiring bone augmentation, sinus lift treatments as well as ‘Teeth in a day’ procedures to a much higher standard in accordance with the published literature thus improving the chances of success and patient satisfaction.
Dr Patel takes pride in establishing a solid rapport with his patients of all ages allowing them to feel at ease from their very first visit. Known for his ethical approach, he will always put the patients interest first, allowing him to build trust leading to a loyal patient base. His calm, methodical and gentle approach along with treatment plans based on patient’s individual aspirations creates a very personal dental experience.
For very anxious and nervous patients, Dr Patel provides treatment under IV sedation – a relaxing, pain-free method which offers dental treatment in a calming manner. He believes sedation is a fantastic way for nervous patients to undergo treatment.
If you have thought about improving your smile and would like to learn more about the cosmetic treatment options that may be best suitable for you, please visit his Instagram profile @dr_vishal.patel to see examples of Dr Patel’s dentistry.
Book your consultation
At Smiles, we feel it important to offer a no-obligation consultation to anyone who is considering treatment. This will enable us to fully explain the products we use and what is involved in the delivery of the treatment. It will also enable us to ask you a few health-based questions which may highlight possible contraindications to having such treatments. In this case, we will be able to advise you of alternative options. Your health and safety is of paramount importance to us and we always endeavour to ensure the safest and optimal outcome for you.
Frequently asked questions
What are dental implants and how do they work?
Is a successful outcome guaranteed?
This process has a success rate of between ninety to ninety five percent making it is a very reliable and successful option but as with so many procedures there is a very small risk of it not working as expected. There are well-documented examples of implants lasting for over 30 years but even with the most up-to-date versions you will require some minor re-servicing in particular to the denture or fixed tooth that carries the implant. The expected outcome of dental implants are considered optimal when compared to that of root canal treatment.
Are there any known complications?
Any surgical procedure carries a small risk of complication but it is rare with dental implants. The main risks are failure of the implant to attach or integrate with the jaw bone or possible damage to adjacent anatomical structures. Any risk can be further minimised by careful pre-operative planning and ensuring that our patients are fully informed of all risks and likely outcomes.
If initial problems occur can the procedure be repeated?
In the event of an implant not integrating with the bone, it may be possible to leave the site to heal for a few months and attempt the procedure at a later date. However it may have failed due to the patient having an unfavourable bone pattern or pathology or as the result of an infection.
Can an implant fail after a long period of time?
Occasionally an implant may fail after it has been seen to work well for many years. This could be due to several reasons but most commonly it will be due to: Overloading- as a result of the patient insisting on fewer implants than recommended usually due to limited finances. This means that there will be insufficient implants to achieve a reliable outcome. Stress on the implant which may occur due to excessive grinding or clenching of teeth.
Do implants hurt?
The actual process to place the implant requires a small operation carried out under local anaesthetic and/or sedation. There is no pain at this time but it is quite normal to experience some discomfort during the next week or so. This is usually due to the presence of stitches and the healing process
How much does it cost to get a tooth replaced?
Many people dismiss dental implants assuming that tooth replacement cost will be too high. At Smiles our dental fees are extremely affordable when compared to other practices. Often only slightly more than the more traditional treatment with crowns bridges.
An advantage of implants that should be considered is that it does not require the tooth to be cut or trimmed down on either side in preparation for a crown to support a bridge. Additionally as the tooth is fixed permanently to the implant it will not move around affecting speech or eating as a regular denture might.
Can anyone have dental implants?
The pre-requisite for this type of treatment is that you must be generally healthy in yourself but also have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implants.
Why do I need to book a consultation if I am fit and healthy?